Originally Posted by Groucho
It's still an underpowered FWD people hauler, just like the PT Cruiser.
And yet there's still a market for this vehicle, and I think it'll meet the needs of that market quite nicely.
Your toolbox has more than one tool in it, and so does GM's. The HHR may not be the right tool for the jobs we'd
want a car for, necessarily, but there's quite a crowd that'll line up for a stylish people-and-stuff hauler, and frankly, they're more concerned with looks and accommodations than they are with horsepower, or which end of the car puts that power to the road.
I had a friend who used to argue that vans--all vans--are stupid. By her logic, nobody, anywhere, ever, for any reason whatsoever, should have a van. They're so ugly they should not exist, she insisted. Well, that's obviously preposterous. Lots of people need 'em, so if I worked for a car company and I was assigned a van to design, I'd naturally do my utmost to make it look nice for those people out there who needed--perhaps unenthusiastically, but of necessity--the car I had on my drawing board.
We'll learn in short order if GM came to the PT Cruiser party too late. If you ask me, the HHR clearly is in the same class as the PT, but it's enough different that it's no also-ran. Roomier, beefier and a bit more macho, I suspect it'll appeal to quite a few of the folks who are still buying PTs in good numbers. Not me, maybe, but not everyone shares my tastes--or ours.
Thank goodness, I say. I'd hate to think that every car on the road was a 400-horsepower two-door coupe. I wouldn't feel nearly as special!